Region of origin: Ireland

Literally “water-hound” or “deep-hound” and also known as the “master otter,” the dobhar-chú is a vicious amphibious predator that will hunt in pairs and attack humans that venture too close to the water’s edge. They can move as swiftly on land as in the water and will continue to pursue any victim who attempts to retreat from the shore. Descriptions vary from a creature that is half-canine and either half-fish or half-reptile, to a massive 7-foot-long otter-like creature. Recorded sightings have persisted since the 17th century until as recently as 2003. It is said if you can kill a dobhar-chú and take its pelt, it will function as a protective charm for the home or boat in which its kept, but anyone who kills one will next have to contend with its now-enraged and determined mate.

Originally posted on Tumblr on November 8, 2016

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